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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 7:30 pm | Updated: 1:21 pm, Wed Jan 4, 2012.

One man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in a New Year's Eve accident that landed two people in the hospital Saturday night.

At approximately 5:45 p.m., Lodi police, firefighters and paramedics responded to the corner of Turner Road and Woodhaven Lane where two trucks had collided, pinning two people inside one of the vehicles.

The driver of a black Ford Ranger, 46-year-old David Brown, was able to extricate himself from his vehicle, but the man and woman inside a beige Toyota two-door pickup truck were both trapped, their lower torsos and legs stuck under metal crushed from the impact.

In order to reach the Toyota's driver and passenger, firefighters had to use hydraulic rescue tools to cut off doors on each side of the truck as well as the back window.

Paramedics first pulled the man — the driver — out of his side of the truck, laying him down on a gurney and using an oxygen mask to stabilize his breathing before transporting him via ambulance to Katzakian Park, where he was airlifted to Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento.

They then extracted the woman from the passenger seat through the back window, and she was also transported via ambulance to Kaiser hospital for her injuries.

Both individuals are now in stable condition, according to Sgt. Mike Oden of the Lodi Police Department.

"Their injuries were not life-threatening," he said. "They will be fine."

Brown was pulled aside for a field sobriety test after police said he displayed signs that he may have been driving under the influence.

Eventually, police said that Brown did not sufficiently pass the sobriety test, and he was handcuffed and taken into custody.

Brown faces charges of driving under the influence.

To try and combat the possibility of heightened drunk drivers during the holiday weekend, Lodi police participated in a multi-agency saturation operation. Officers were placed throughout the city looking for suspected drunk drivers to ensure that the roads stayed safe on New Year's Eve.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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  • Tony Carvalho posted at 10:17 am on Sun, Jan 8, 2012.

    One Tin Soldier Posts: 6

    Actually I believe they were "placed there" to make the establishment some money. Making the streets safer is just a bonus. Mabe you ought to do a story on how much sobriety checkpoints cost the taxpayers sometime???

  • john ekas posted at 10:58 am on Thu, Jan 5, 2012.

    1stocktonian Posts: 2

    i work in the towing industry so i see this kind of stuff all the time. all i can say is that i HATE drunk drivers. they are absolutely USELESS to society.

  • Pete Hodge posted at 2:33 am on Mon, Jan 2, 2012.

    Pete Hodge Posts: 11

    One more reason I don't drive on "Amateur Night" ... aka New Years Eve.

  • Ernie Ornelas posted at 7:32 pm on Sun, Jan 1, 2012.

    Ernie Ornelas Posts: 3

    Why is it in a DUI accident the innocent people are the one who get hurt and the "moron" that was drunk walks away? I agree with Joe B and hope he gets the MAXIMUM penalty. We read about this kind of thing way too much. Let’s all learn from this @$#%@$#’s mistake. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!!!!

  • Joe Baxter posted at 2:49 pm on Sun, Jan 1, 2012.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1797

    Sad that the officers conducting the "saturation" operations didn't nab this moron BEFORE he hit the other vehicle. I hope he gets the maximum penalty allowed by law.

  • Lee Gill posted at 10:48 am on Sun, Jan 1, 2012.

    Lee Gill Posts: 7

    Of course. There is always a buffoon out there making it not safe to go out. I hope those people can fully recover from there injuries.



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